Turn around! Tottenham Hotspur played their best football yet under Tim Sherwood Sunday as Spurs best Stoke City 3-0. The defense was vastly improved and the attack showed dangerous flashes. The return of Aaron Lennon gave added width to the side and the center midfielders were dominant. However, Paulinho, arguably Spurs' best player on the day, suffered an ankle injury that will see the midfielder miss a month. Can Spurs' already thin midfield rise to the occasion?
Today sees Tottenham travel to Manchester United. The reigning league champions are off to a slow start so far this year, sitting in sixth place even on points with Tottenham. However, the Red Devils are in form, posting six straight wins in all competitions. United has still been led by their excellent strikers, as Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and Danny Welbeck have combined for 22 league goals. However, United is still thin in center midfield, a boon to Spurs already thin squad. But can Tottenham's makeshift defense slow down the dangerous United attack?
As for the Prediction League, Mechanick was right, but so were MCofA and The Sleeper's Sleep, tightening up the contest even more. The rules remain the same in the Prediction League--one point for a correct prediction and a bonus point for getting the score correct. Here are the current standings:
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This week's predictions:
Ed: I believe in Tim. 2-0 Spurs.
Kevin: This season makes no sense so 3-2 Spurs because YOLO
Mechanick: Loved what we saw out of the team last week. I think we finally see some counter attack this week. 1-1 Draw
Ryan: She's totally rich because her dad invented Toaster Streudels. 3-2 United.
The Roosevelts: 2-2 Draw. I hate that Ryan quotes Mean Girls for this every game, I hate everything about it. Because I'm irrational and kind of a bad person. It was with that in mind that I made the above prediction.
Ashlock: I'm with Kevin. Nothing makes any sense. However, this is United at Old Trafford. 3-1 United.
Lennon's Eyebrow: Somehow beating Stoke has given my cold black heart the ability to hope again. I hate everything about this. 2-1 Spurs.
Petrilli: Sherwood trots out a 3-5-2 for the hell of it. Spurs 2-1.
Uncle Menno: Hey. Y'member that time? When we won at Old Trafford? That was awesome. 3-1 United.
MCofA: I have hope after seeing Spurs line up in an intelligent formation and play good attacking football paired with defensive solidity. Or, better, I would feel hope if I had feelings. So I say 2-1 United.
The Sleeper's Sleep: I'm a gazumpaholic. I'm addicted to gazumpahol. 3-2 Spurs.
Skipjack: 2-1 United to cap off my hangover.
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